On Wednesday, twenty fourth of February, the Nigerian Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa because the Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) following his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Along with his affirmation, Bawa turned the youngest and the primary core employees of the EFCC to move the anti-graft company.
Although his appointment by President Buhari initially raised some mud, which included allegations of corruption, his qualification for the workplace and alleged relationship with the Lawyer Basic and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, these hurdles had been, nevertheless, surmounted, paving means for his easy affirmation by the Senate.
With the affirmation, Nigerians, hoping for a greater anti-corruption conflict, have began setting agenda for him, whereas others nonetheless, understandably, harbour some fears over his skill to carry out to expectations.
A Tall Agenda
Bawa, on the Senate screening reduce the image of a person of desires who perceive what Nigerians, particularly the youths anticipate of him, setting for himself, what could also be a tall agenda.
On the screening, Bawa expressed his want to make the EFCC a greater place when he leaves.
He additionally “intends to work with them intently by sharing data so as to attain our mutual and impartial goal.
“We have to repatriate all our stolen property for the profit and betterment of all Nigerians.
“It’s a dream of each patriotic Nigerian to see Nigeria rising to a better top and I hope and pray that if confirmed, I’ll dwell to contribute my quota in seeing that this nation is taken to a better top.
“I’m going to provide the younger folks an excellent illustration within the governance of this nation in order that extra younger folks will probably be given extra duty on this nation”, Bawa stated.
Curiously, the brand new EFCC chairman appears to grasp that he represents a really giant however stressed constituency which have zero persistence, particularly when it come to the management of the nation, when he stated he would ‘give the younger folks good illustration’.
In line with many Nigerians, Bawa’s appointment is a strategic alternative for the youths to show that they’re prepared for management and may certainly make a distinction.
Main the cost in expressing their expectations of Bawa, is the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Towards Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), who fought on the aspect of Ibrahim Magu, the erstwhile head of the company, whose tenure got here to an abrupt finish over allegations of corruption.
Sagay, who admitted not figuring out Bawa, nevertheless, stated he was impressed by his curriculum vitae and background, noting that since Magu has turn out to be historical past, it was time for all concerned to maneuver on and make sure that the brand new EFCC chairman succeeds.
Sagay stated: “I don’t actually know him. I’ve simply learn what has been stated about him and he appears to have spectacular credentials and a reasonably good report from what I learn other than this difficulty of vehicles which the EFCC has denied on his behalf.
“So, inasmuch because the elimination of Magu to me appears to be like unsatisfactory, we’ve got to maneuver on and if he’s nearly as good as his credentials point out, then I feel the long run appears to be like promising for the EFCC.”
The revered professor of regulation and Senior Advocate of Nigeria was, nevertheless, fast to precise his concern that the brand new EFCC head could also be hampered in his efficiency by the Lawyer Basic, Malami.
In line with Sagay, as a politician, Malami should not be allowed to straight management Bawa, noting that this might derail the anti-corruption conflict of the Federal Authorities.
“This difficulty is a really massive query as a result of I observed that they each come from the identical state of Kebbi and so they might even be associated. For me, that isn’t a really wholesome factor as a result of the chairman of the EFCC and the EFCC are speculated to be impartial.
“So, in such a state of affairs, if Bawa is said to the attorney-general, then there will probably be an issue as a result of he will be unable to do his job freely as a result of the attorney-general will definitely intrude. He has already indicated his tendency to intrude in each the EFCC and the ICPC with the rules he presupposed to make months in the past. So, I’m not snug in any respect that the chance that they may be associated.
“Malami has by no means been inclined to permit the anti-corruption companies to function freely. He’s all the time sitting on their neck come what may. I’ve complained about that a number of occasions and nothing has occurred. In actual fact, he has turn out to be extra highly effective. So, I can’t be snug if they’re associated. I don’t need any outdoors affect on the EFCC or the ICPC”, Sagay stated.
For the ruling celebration, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the EFCC beneath Bawa should combat corruption with out discrimination.
The celebration’s caretaker secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, made the decision in a press release, including that Bawa have to be guided by the stance of President Muhammadu Buhari that the combat in opposition to corruption have to be whole and unsparing.
“To this finish, we’re assured that the Bawa-led EFCC will intensify the administration’s present marketing campaign to finish impunity and graft.
“From advance charge fraud, cash laundering, public sector corruption and different monetary crime-related points, financial and monetary crimes have gotten more and more refined legal actions which hold evolving with the occasions.
“To be steps forward, the Bawa-led EFCC should put money into expertise and guarantee synergy, cooperation and partnership with related companies – domestically and internationally – to successfully prosecute the present administration’s conflict in opposition to graft”, the celebration stated.
A administration guide, Ige Adegoye, is of the view that one of many first issues the brand new EFCC boss should do is to halt the drift and produce commotion inside the fee to an finish and reposition it to carry out its core capabilities extra successfully.
In line with him, Bawa should do his greatest to reset the EFCC on the celebration of independence, service and professionalism.
“The conflict in opposition to corruption should now be strengthened and refocused. The individuals who stole from the nation ought to by no means be allowed a second of peace”, Adegboye stated.
Persevering with, Adegboye believes the repute of the anti-graft company have to be repositioned, noting that in the previous few years, the picture of the EFCC has been critically battered, particularly with the corruption allegations surrounding the previous performing Chairman of the company, Ibrahim Magu.
For human rights advocate and journalist, Segun Progress, Bawa will do effectively as EFCC chairman if he can insulate himself from getting used as an instrument for witch hunt.
“The conflict in opposition to corruption have to be whole, with nobody singled out on the idea of his political leaning, whereas everybody with a case to reply have to be investigated and prosecuted. Nobody have to be too massive or too related to be investigated.
“He should not enable himself to be distant managed by any functionary of presidency, not even the President or the Lawyer Basic, Malami”, Progress stated.
An operative of the EFCC within the Lagos Zonal workplace, who doesn’t need his title talked about, believes Bawa has what it takes to steer the company effectively if the politicians will enable him work.
He, nevertheless, desires the brand new Chairman to deal with lifting the morale of the employees of the fee via immediate promotions, cost of severance bundle and bettering the work tradition on the fee.